True love seems to be quite elusive, especially in the glittery world of show business. Relationships form and dissolve so rapidly that it’s hard to keep tabs on who’s involved with whom. However, there are couples that stand the test of time, embarking on life’s journey together, raising kids, exploring the world, and growing old together, which is truly inspirational.
Get familiar with a list of 14 outstanding celebrity duos who demonstrate that true love indeed exists.
1.Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith met Jada Pinkett in 1994 when she auditioned to play his love interest in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air series. Jada didn’t land the part, but she became his girlfriend in reality in 1995 and his spouse in 1997. The image above is from 1999, 2 years after their wedding.
They have sustained their relationship for 23 years, managing to maintain their privacy despite the constant swirl of rumors. They are parents to two children, Jaden (20) and Willow (18), often seen with them on the red carpet, making them one of Hollywood’s most recognizable families.
2.Oprah and Stedman Graham
For over 30 years, Oprah and Stedman Graham have remained one of Hollywood’s most adored duos, even though they aren’t married. The couple has been together since 1986 (they got engaged in 1992), indicating that true love doesn’t necessarily require validation by a legal document. The image above was taken in 1995, after nearly a decade of their relationship.
3.Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Actors Tom and Rita, both 62, form one of the most beloved pairs in the movie industry. Their romance ignited on the set of the ABC TV series, Bosom Buddies, in 1981. The image above was captured in the 80s when they were merely coworkers.
In 1988, they got married and more than 30 years later, they continue to radiate love and support each other, both on-screen and off. The photo above is from 1999, 11 years after their wedding.
4.John Legend and Chrissy Teigen
This couple met on the set of Legend’s 2007 music video “Stereo,” where Teigen starred. They’ve been together for over a decade. The photo above was snapped at the Grammys in 2008, marking their first public appearance as a couple. As Chrissy revealed in an interview, they split for a day, which they realized was a mistake, and never separated again. They tied the knot in 2013 and are now parents to a daughter, Luna, and a son, Miles.
Their wide following can be attributed to their candidness in sharing their most affectionate and supportive moments online. Definitely a #RelationshipGoals couple!
5.Meryl Streep and Don Gummer
Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep, 70, tied the knot with her life’s love, sculptor Don Gummer, 72, more than 40 years ago. In 1978, after a mere six months of acquaintance, the couple wed in Meryl’s parents’ backyard garden. The image above was taken at a 1982 party for the film Sophie’s Choice.
Despite initial skepticism about their union, more than 40 years later, their love continues to flourish. They are also parents to four children: a son and three daughters.
6.Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness
Hugh Jackman and his spouse, Deborra-Lee Furness, have been together for nearly 23 years and remain one of the most inspiring couples in Hollywood. They first crossed paths on the set of Correlli, a TV series in 1995 and got hitched less than a year later in 1996. They’ve been together ever since. The image above features them in 2001, five years post their wedding. Along the way, they’ve adopted two children — Oscar Maximilian and Ava Eliot — and seen Jackman’s career soar.
In the early stages of their relationship, the couple agreed on certain principles to sustain it — not to spend more than two weeks apart, not to work simultaneously unless required financially, and to always support each other, shared Hugh in an interview. They’ve upheld these principles for 23 years so far!
7.John Krasinski and Emily Blunt
British actress Emily Blunt and American actor and filmmaker John Krasinski form one of the most adorable celebrity pairs in Hollywood. Both talented and award-winning actors, they’ve cherished over a decade of shared life. The image above captures them in February 2010, just months before their wedding.
Introduced by a mutual friend in 2008, Krasinski confessed on The Ellen Show that he wasn’t initially prepared for a relationship but fell in love with Emily immediately upon meeting her. John and Emily got married in 2010 and now have two daughters and a home in Brooklyn.
8.Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky
Despite a seven-year age gap, Australian star Chris Hemsworth (35) and Spanish actress Elsa Pataky (42) have created one of Hollywood’s most enduring and charming romances. They met in early 2010 and got married just three months later. The image above was taken in 2011, less than six months post their wedding.
In a 2015 interview, Chris noted that Elsa’s passionate approach to life pushes him to keep pace with her, and he appreciates it. Today, they have a love story spanning nearly a decade and three children.
9.Matt and Luciana Damon
Matt Damon met his wife Luciana Barroso in a Miami bar while he was filming the comedy Stuck On You in 2003. Luciana, a mother to a four-year-old daughter from her previous marriage, did not deter Matt. He proposed to her in 2005, and they got married the same year. The image above was taken in 2005, just before their wedding.
Matt and Luciana have been together for more than 13 years now and have three more daughters together — Gia, Isabella, and Stella. When asked about the secret to a successful marriage, Luciana shared in an interview that they never take each other for granted.
10.David and Victoria Beckham
Famed Spice Girls singer and football superstar met in the Manchester United players’ lounge in 1997, resulting in a “whirlwind romance” that led to their marriage in 1999, and now over two decades of shared life. Victoria and David have been together for more than 21 years now and have four children. The image above was taken in 1999, less than six months before their wedding.
In 2017, the couple renewed their wedding vows. Speaking on the Today Show, Victoria gushed about her partner, saying, “He’s my soulmate. He’s the most incredible husband. We complement each other. He inspires me every day, with the children, with the way he treats me; it just works. We are lucky to have each other.”
11.Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar
Freddie and Sarah met while filming I Know What You Did Last Summer in 1997. They married in 2002 and have been together ever since, with a love story spanning over 21 years. The picture above was taken at the 2000 Teen Choice Awards.
They’ve defied the standard Hollywood marriage narrative, with Sarah sharing that their relationship’s success comes from being friends before anything romantic. They have two children together, Charlotte Grace and Rocky James.
12.Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka began dating in 2004 and have been together for over 18 years. After the Marriage Equality Act passed in New York in 2011, they got engaged and married three years later in Italy. The image above was taken in 2008, four years into their relationship.
Together, they’re raising two children, twins Gideon and Harper. In numerous interviews, the couple has emphasized the importance of laughter in their relationship.
13.Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi first met at a party in 2000, but it was in 2004 when they reconnected that their romantic relationship took off. After the overturn of the same-sex marriage ban in California in 2008, they got married at their Beverly Hills home. The image above was taken in 2005, a year into their relationship.
Today, they’ve been together for nearly two decades and are an iconic and influential couple in the LGBTQ+ community. They have remained strong even amidst personal struggles and controversies, symbolizing the power of enduring love.
14.Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick met while filming the play Lemon Sky in the late 80s. They got married in 1988 and have been together for over 30 years now, with a love story that continues to endure. The image above was taken in 1991, three years post their wedding.
They’ve stood by each other through the ups and downs of the entertainment industry, and they are the proud parents of two children, Travis and Sosie. Kevin Bacon once said in an interview, “The secret to a happy marriage is to keep the fights clean and the sex dirty.” Their long-lasting relationship surely is a testament to that!
These couples have proved that true love exists even in the glamour-filled world of Hollywood. They’ve stood by each other through thick and thin, weathering the tests of time, and exemplifying how commitment, respect, understanding, and, of course, love are the essential ingredients of a long-lasting relationship.